Zoo handler survives alligator attack as visitor jumps into tank to save her when an alligator clamped down on her arm (video)

Zoo handler survives alligator attack as visitor jumps into tank to save her when an alligator clamped down on her arm (video)



A zoo handler is lucky to be alive after a visitor jumped into a tank to save her from an alligator that had clamped down on her arm.



The attack unfolded at the Scales & Tails reptile center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, August 14.



A Utah reptile center employee was doing a presentation for a group that were there to celebrate a birthday party. While talking to some adults and children about the alligator, the employee opened the enclosure to feed the alligator but it clamped down on her arm and yanked her into its enclosure, thrashing her around.



Fortunately, one of the visitors, now identified as Donnie Wiseman, 48, jumped into the water and climbed on top of the reptile in an effort to free the handler from its jaws.







Shane Richins, the company's owner, said in an interview that the handler was opening the enclosure to feed the alligator as usual, but this time the reptile "got a little extra spunky."



Richins said the center normally has a strict policy for a second handler to be nearby when employees are working with the alligators.



However, that hasn't been enforced in recent years if the worker isn't planning to enter the enclosure, he said.Latest Post
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